Sorry, I am not conversant in Hanyu news, so don't know if the following little detail already is widely known.
It's from Johnny Weir's July 15 blog (which I just now was reading for the first time):
Fresh news that I can impart is that I was asked by Yuzuru Hanyu to design his Olympic costume and I couldn’t be more honored. I am already sketching and coming up with ideas to make him stand out more than he already does and I can’t wait to actually see my design prospering in major competition!
Just finished a design marathon for Yuzuru Hanyu and Elena Glebova. They WILL be best dressed for their competitions!
I thought Hanyu was not changing his short?
Just before the season of Sochi Olympics. Yuzuru Hanyu-18 years old goes into "serious mode".
Yuzuru Hanyu, announced the position contract with ANA (All Nippon Airways) on July 1, is adjusting the competition environment for the Sochi Olympics with appearance in the ice shows in Japan before entering a full-scale season.
In last year, he showed new short program (SP) in the ice show before new season started and decided performance constitution early, but does not still harden it this year.
There will be the aim to exercise slowly and carefully for the coming season based on a experience of the last season when he had time to suffer from injuries. Actually, he hurt his knee just before the world championship (in Canada) of this March and ended up with an unwilling result.
"Free program of this season is romantic, passionate for some parts. It is almost completed but not for a stage shown yet. SP is still running into difficulties and there is some uneasiness, but I have a strong feeling that I want to show a new thing, not same as the last season. There is no change in the layout, I put one jump in the first half and two in the latter half, so I'm not very worried about it."
In the ice show "Dream on ice" started on June 28 in Shin-Yokohama, Hanyu performed SP of the last season as the closer of the show. "No quad, fell on the lutz, but I had fun being the closer of "Dream on ice" for the first time.", he showed a smile.
And on the 30th (the last day), the lutz was slightly disturbed only and he pumped his fist after neat triple axel, both mental and physical condition has been gradually growing for the new season.
"For this season, there are two states of mind. There is oneself who is tense while being great and being excited by aiming at the stage called the Olympic Games which I have longed for from old days and dreamed of. And there is oneself on the other thinking that I must practice well for the season. Maintaining both states of mind and regarding excitement and tension as important, I will face each competition and take good care of the process until the Olympics."
For Hanyu, the Olympic Games is the "wants to get a gold medal" stage longed for since the days of a child. Senior, Shizuka Arakawa from Sendai, the same hometown as Hanyu's, won the championship at Torino Olympics in 2006 and it broadened and blew up his dream.
"I want to be in that Olympic scene. I am excited thinking of what kind of performance I can do there. But fierce fights are waiting to go for the Olympics. I think that getting high scores steadily in each competition including the Japanese Nationals (the last selection) and raising the world ranking is going to be taken into consideration for the selection. I want to achieve those purposes on perfect condition without being hurt."
Hanyu came third in the world championship (France) of March, 2012, but he sprained his ankle just before the game and was not on perfect physical condition. And he caught a cold just before the world championship (Canada) of this March, took rests and overdid at the time of the practice reopening, he had to skate in the situation that his knee was injured. After having failed in the adjustment before an important competition called the world championship for two consecutive years, he tightens expression, "I cannot repeat the same mistakes (in the season of Sochi Olympics)."
"I have hurt a knee in last season, but I think I have no choice but to keep good company with it because it is not readily an injury recovered completely. I do the icing treatment carefully for prevention of injury and came to make much of the stretching exercise I was not conscious of that much before. I train focusing on the muscular strength of the upper body supporting thigh muscle, and I am also confident of physical condition management."
As for new programs of the Olympic season, the number of the quadruple jump is going to be the same as the last season's, keep one in SP and two in FP. This is because he thinks that there is still reformability in skating, spins and combination jumps more than increaseing the number of quad.
In such situation, he is begining new approach in the ice shows. He did collaboration in music "Hana ni nare" with Fumiya Sashida (a singer-songwriter) in "Fantasy on ice" of June in the last season and brought it to the exhibition during the season. But this year, he collaborated with different artists, Fumiya Fujii in "Art on ice" (Tokyo) from June 1 with a song "True Love" and AI in "Fantasy on ice" (Fukuoka) from July 6 with a song "Story". He got on soft music and showed performances with the dynamism. "Depending on melody, there are movements and turns of body which does not live on an everyday performance. Such a skating is quite proud", Hanyu smiled.
Hanyu has been performing conscientiously one by one and growing up steadily until now while enjoying different fresh experiences to make it useful to open the directionality of his field of vision and choreography.
In addition, in "the jump battle", becoming the common event of male skaters in the finale of the shows, he challenged quads with Javier Fernandez (Spain) who received instruction to Brian Orser coach together, and in the last show of "Fantasy on ice", he landed three triple axels in a row after a quad toe loop in front of the audience for the first time in this season. It seems that the adjustment is going good so far.
"After the ice shows are over, I'll go back to Canada(Tronto). Then I'll participate in the summer camp. I'm going to make up a base for this season and decide how I make a game from it.", Hanyu said. For the first experience "The Olympic Season", he seems to be going into serious mode.
I used translation system on the internet here and there this time, so some parts might sound weird...sorry in advance.
Great work, yude. Gooo Yuzu! and take care of yourself.
This might not be new, but I can't resist to post it. These two boys are too cute. Yuzu looks so young in the photo and his hair is sort of long. I wonder when it was taken.
Charly Vittorio Palermo
Me and Yuzuru Hanyu: my favourite skater! *__* : Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club
Sauntering through YT videos in this summer Sunday afternoon , it happens to meet this old clip once again. It’s simply amazing how japanese guys have an extraordinary innate musicality and ability to express it, even at a very young age!
At 2:04 a perfect baby rapper!
Yes. Yuzu passionate and a very good performer. He is living with the music. In exceptional skater.
Good luck for next season Yuzu! You will be the world's best skater!
Keep an eye out for this gala event, "Beat the Heat", produced by Brian Orser Foundation in collab with the Port Carling Skating Club in Muskoka which will be held on August 31. The cast includes Kurt Browning, Jeffrey Buttle and the yet-to-be-announced students of Brian Orser.
Has he gone through adolescence? How long can he keep his bird like figure? He is a wonder of nature!